The role of attribution in weight anxiety and eating disorders in women
Bennett, Kate Mary (1993) The role of attribution in weight anxiety and eating disorders in women. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis examines weight anxiety and eating disorders amongst women from an attributional perspective. The studies comprise two distinct but interrelated components: investigations of the role of attribution in the development and maintenance of weight anxiety and eating disorders; and analyses of two screening instruments for eating disorders. The study presented in Chapter 2 examines whether, amongst women without an eating disorder, attributions can be extracted in a factor-analytic manner to form relevant stereotypes associated with 'fat' or 'thin' women. The results confirm that clear weight-related factors can be extracted, and these resemble common stereotypes of fatness and thinness. In Chapters 3 and 4 the attributions of both eating disordered and non-eating disordered women were examined. Four groups have been examined: the Anorexic group; the Bulimic group; the Over-Eater group; and the Non-Eating Disordered group.
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